Okay, so as much as I want to rant about every little thing that happened in the show I know I need to #keepthesecret (that’s what was plastered on the barriers around the outside of the theater).
Basically it was absolutely amazing. Harry and Ron were casted perfectly and despite it not being Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, I was not disappointed. There has been controversy about Hermoine Granger being casted as an African American, but I found Noma Dumzweni to fit the part almost perfectly, although it was strange not seeing Emma Watson.
The first act was probably more exciting in the sense that it had the most reveals of characters that were in the seven main books. Although I won’t reveal all the characters who make appearances in the play I will reveal that Harry, Ron, Hermoine (duh for these three!) and Draco Malfoy are big characters in the play. The new characterization for Albus Severus Potter and Scorpious Malfoy were great.
It was interesting watching Scorpious because while reading the book I had seen him differently in my mind than the way he was portrayed on stage.
The “magic” was great! Fire was mostly used for the wands and some of the other effects. The top two moments were probably whenever anyone got sucked into the telephone booth to travel to the Ministry of Magic and the demeanors at the end of the first half of part one.
The second part of the show was the part that really got me. From the connection I have with the characters and their story to the acting done by Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), it was just all around an emotional experience. Being a Harry Potter fan and sitting in that theater for five hours in one day really makes you feel as though you are a part of the wizarding world and it really makes you connect with the characters on a different level. I felt Harry’s fear and his pain and even his joy.
The audience was full of Harry Potter fans who were experiencing the same feelings as me. At every plot twist a collective gasp went up from the audience and whenever some magical effect was produced there was an ooooh followed by whispers. As the guy sitting next to me described the show it was, “Bloody great!”